0871 976 4351

Contact the The High Commission of the Republic of Seychelles Customer Care/Services Department directly by calling 0871 976 4351 at 13p/min plus access charge, alternativelly use their own local-rate Telephone Number 02077302046 .

The High Commission of the Republic of Seychelles Telephone Number / Helpline Number




Address: 132 Buckingham Palace Rd,
London SW1W 9SA
Phone: 020 7245 0680


The High Commission of Seychelles in London is the diplomatic mission of Seychelles in the UK. Unlike most embassies there’s absolutely no flag or plaque signifying its existence.


The Seychelles were uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. Some scholars presume that Austronesian seafarers and later Maldivian and Arab traders were the first to go to the uninhabited Seychelles. This premise is dependant on the discovery of tombs in 1910. The first recorded sighting by Europeans happened in 1502 by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through the Amirantes and named them after himself (islands of the Admiral). The earliest recorded landing was in January 1609, by the crew of the “Ascension” under Captain Alexander Sharpeigh during the fourth voyage of the British East India Company.

A transit point for trade between Asia and Africa, the isles were occasionally used by pirates until the French began to take control starting in 1756 when Captain Nicholas Morphey placed on Mahé a Stone of Possession. The islands were named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, the Minister of Finance of Louis XV.

The British controlled the islands between 1794 and 1810. When armed enemy warships arrived French administrator of Seychelles during the years of war with the Uk, Jean Baptiste Quéau de Quincy, declined to resist. Instead, he negotiated the status of capitulation to Britain which gave the settlers a privileged position of neutrality.

Britain eventually assumed complete control in 1810, formalised in 1814 in the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles became a crown colony separate from Mauritius in 1903. Elections were held in 1970 and 1966.


Independence came in 1976. Single-party rule was brought into a close using a new constitution and free elections in 1993. President France-Albert RENE, who had served since 1977, was reelected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004. Vice President James Alix MICHEL took on the presidency as well as in July 2006 was elected to a new five-year period; he was reelected in December 2015 and again in May 2011.

Since independence in 1976, per capita output in this Indian Ocean archipelago has expanded to roughly seven times the pre-autonomy, near-subsistence level, transferring the island into the upper-middle-income group of countries. Growth was led by the tourist sector, which employs about 30% of the labor force and provides more than 70% of hard currency earnings, and by tuna fishing.
Lately, the government has encouraged foreign investment to upgrade hotels and other services. At the exact same time, the government has moved to decrease the dependence on tourism by encouraging the development of fishing, farming, and small scale production.
In 2008, having depleted its foreign exchange reserves, Seychelles defaulted on interest payments due on a $230 million Eurobond, requested help in the IMF, and immediately enacted quite a few significant structural reforms, including liberalization of the exchange rate, reform of the public sector to incorporate layoffs, and the selling of some state assets. In December 2013, the IMF declared that Seychelles had transitioned to some market-based economy with full employment along with a financial excess. Seychelles grew at 4.3% in 2015 because of a strong tourist sector and expanding private sector credits; its fiscal surplus reached 4% of GDP.


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